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FRISCO, TEXAS (April 9, 2008) – US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the teams that have earned the first slots in the 2008 US Youth Soccer National Championships. These teams, by way of their success in the inaugural US Youth Soccer National League season, can now move on to the final leg of the quest for the national championships, to be played in North Little Rock, Arkansas, July 22-27, at Burns Park Soccer Complex.
The US Youth Soccer National League, which consists of elite teams in the Boys and Girls Under-15 and Under-16 age groups, concluded its season this past weekend in Dallas. "The fact that, right up to the last day of the season that meaningful games to determine league champs and slots to the US Youth Soccer National Championships is a testament to the level of competition and quality of play that the US Youth Soccer National League represents," said Paul Luchowski, US Youth Soccer National League Commissioner. "The first year of the league has showcased the tremendous amount of talent that we have in this country and the dedication that US Youth Soccer has to the players.""
The league will be expanding into the Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups for 2008-2009.
2007-2008 US Youth Soccer National League First and Second Place Finishers
Champion - Baltimore Casa Mia Bays (MD)
Finalist - Solar Red (N-TX)
Champion - Dallas Texans 92 Red (N-TX)
Finalist - YMS Explosion (E-PA)
Champion - Dallas Texans 93G Red Dallas (N-TX)
Finalist - SoCal Blues-Dodge (CA-S)
Champion - Eclipse Select 91-91 (IL)
Finalist - Dallas Texans Red 92 Girls (N-TX)
*Have qualified to play in the 2008 US Youth Soccer National Championships
The inaugural US Youth Soccer National League is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues (US Youth Soccer Region I Premier League, Midwest Regional League, Region III Premier League and Far West Regional League) to play not only to claim the title of National League Champion but also to earn two slots in each gender age group at the US Youth Soccer National Championships. In addition to the four Regional Championship winners, the top two finishers in each age group from the National League will earn slots to the national finals. The National League's top four finishers will also retain their positions in the league for the 2008-2009 season.
The US Youth Soccer National Championships cap a yearlong series of competitions for boys and girls teams in multiple age brackets as teams earn their way from the top teams in their state to the regional championship tournaments. US Youth Soccer State Champions and selected wildcard teams are eligible to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. The champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 age brackets from each regional event will converge in the finals in Arkansas. 2008 will mark the addition of the two National League teams in the Under-15 and Under-16 age divisions.
Again this year, the series provides over 185,000 players on more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play.
Annually the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation's top collegiate coaches the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. In 2007, over 500 coaches attended the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships including the majority of the top 25 men's and women's programs based on the final 2007 NSCAA/adidas National Rankings for NCAA Division I schools. The chronological dates and locations for the 2008 US Youth Soccer Regional Championships and National Championships are:
US Youth Soccer Region I Championships | Portland, Maine
Round Robin: June 27-29
Semis: June 30
Finals: July 1
US Youth Soccer Region II Championships | Rockford, Illinois
Round Robin: June 21-23
Semis: June 24
Finals: June 25
US Youth Soccer Region III Championships | Raleigh and Wilson, North Carolina
Round Robin: June 20-22
Quarters: June 23
Semis: June 24
Finals: June 25
US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships | Honolulu, Hawaii
Round Robin: June 16-18
Quarters: June 20
Semis: June 21
Finals: June 22
US Youth Soccer National Championships | North Little Rock, Arkansas
Round Robin: July 22-25
Finals: July 26-27
To learn more about these events and all of the many programs offered by US Youth Soccer offer at www.USYouthSoccer.org.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer)
The Game for ALL Kids!® is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3.2 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member state associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.